Scarlett Johansson has won legal damages against an author. The Captain America
actress claimed a mysterious blonde character in the novel 'The First Thing We Look At' by Gregoire Delacourt was her ''exact double'' and her legal team told a court in France, that the writer had invented a series of love affairs with other celebrities, which amounted to a ''fraudulent use of her personal rights,'' The Sun
newspaper reports. However, the writer argued that the Johansson character was in fact meant as a ''tribute'' to her beauty, saying: ''It was meant as the highest praise. She is an archetypal beauty of our times, very human
with a touching fragility. She is a wonderful, iconic actress. I was hoping that she might send me flowers because this book is, in a way, a declaration of love.'' He added: ''If I had known she was going to kick up such a racket, I would have picked another actress.''
However, Scarlett's lawyer told the court that the novel presented her as a ''sex object'' and that the love affairs detailed in the book never took place.
The 29-year-old star - who is pregnant with her first child and is engaged to the father, French journalist Romain Dauriac - sought an injunction to stop the novel being translated or adapted, but that request was thrown out by the court. She also demanded £40,000 in damages but was awarded just £2,000 by the judge.